City employees beat expectations during this year's fund-raising campaign for the United Way of Douglas County, topping its goal by more than $1,700. But it wasn't enough.
This year's drive fell nearly $200,000 short of its $1.12 million goal, drive chair Cal Karlin said Friday, the last day of this year's campaign. The shortfall will shrink during the coming weeks, he said, as businesses complete employee campaigns and total results, and individual gifts trickle in after the end of the month.
The city's $27,715 in pledges surpassed its $26,000 goal, and was more than $2,000 higher than last year's pledges, Karlin reported Friday.
The $918,568 pledged thus far will benefit 30 member agencies next year in Douglas County.
"We know how tight money is and how concerned we all are about the future," Karlin said. "None of us can take care of all the needs, but together we can make a big difference for our neighbors."
The campaign was structured in 12 divisions of public and private business, government and area towns. Lawrence city government is the only one thus far to reach its goal, surpassing the goal by 6.6 percent.
The direct mail campaign had $133,000 in pledges as of Friday, or 99 percent of its $134,500 goal,
Other results: Kansas University, $118,933 pledged, 85 percent of goal; professional, $50,545, or 91 percent; and Lawrence school district, $31,040, or 90 percent.